A Dutch lawyer who specialises in bankruptcy law has been shot close to his home just over the border in Germany while out walking his dog.
Philippe Schol, 43, had a practice in Enschede but lived in German town of Gronau. He was fired at from a passing car and was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not life-threatening, but he was hit in the leg by at least one bullet, broadcaster NOS said.
One witness said he heard three shots directed at Schol. The gun was fired from a white car with Dutch number plates which drove off at high speed. According to German police, the car had several occupants.
Website Nu.nl says that the Dutch counter-terrorism unit NCTV was aware of the risk to Schol and that he had been the subject of a risk analysis.
And according to local paper Tubantia, the attack could be linked to complex and acrimonious bankruptcy proceedings surrounding a gym club in the town of Losser.
The attack on Schol is the second on a Dutch lawyer within six weeks. On September 18, criminal law specialist Derk Wiersum was shot dead outside his home in Amsterdam.
He was defending a crown witness in a major drugs and murder trial.
Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl
The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.
DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.